Courses

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

ACM40418

Begin your career path in the veterinary industry with our ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course provides you with quality training that will develop your skills in a range of animal care, clinical and surgical routines.

Secure your future in Veterinary Nursing

Study our veterinary nursing course and receive a highly regarded industry qualification. We provide quality training in areas such as reception duties, clinical pathology, radiology, theatre routines, dental nursing and general animal care.

Industry connections and resources

Our fully qualified and industry experienced staff have the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to support you throughout this course.

The course will include practical workshops at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Fairfield campus and at our Veterinary Nursing Learning Centre, at the Epping campus.

This is a nationally recognised industry based qualification.

Employment outcomes

Our Veterinary Nursing course opens doors to vary your career options, such as working for pet food companies, in animal pharmaceuticals or specialist clinics.

Additional Information

This course is delivered primarily at our Fairfield campus and will include a compulsory practical placement. Some practical components will take place in our Veterinary Nurse Learning Centre at the Epping Campus.

Local Students

Code

ACM40418

Campuses

Fairfield

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Compulsory practical placement in a veterinary clinic. Some practical components will take place in our Veterinary Nurse Learning Centre at the Epping Campus.

Modes of Delivery

Work placements, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$4850
Ineligible:$13000
Concession:$970

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course includes workshops written activities, assignments and satisfactory completion of practical skills.

Materials

We will supply a list of materials including texts and stationery items that you will need to purchase.

Entrance Requirements

This course requires either:
  • the completion of either ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • or a relevant Certificate III or higher in an animal science discipline
  • or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Career Pathways

As a graduate you may find work in private veterinary clinics offering a diverse range of services and undertaking various tasks and duties. The course also opens doors to working for pet food companies, in animal pharmaceuticals or specialist clinics.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
ACMGAS301 MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING 50
ACMGAS302 PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS 40
ACMGAS307 IDENTIFY ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR ANIMAL CARE WORK 100
ACMGAS308 COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH CLIENTS AND TEAM MEMBERS 30
ACMINF301 COMPLY WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ANIMAL CARE WORK 60
ACMSPE304 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC DOGS 40
ACMSPE305 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC CATS 40
ACMVET202 CARRY OUT DAILY CLINIC ROUTINES 40
ACMVET401 COORDINATE VETERINARY RECEPTION DUTIES 70
ACMVET402 APPLY IMAGING ROUTINES 90
ACMVET403 PERFORM CLINICAL PATHOLOGY PROCEDURES 70
ACMVET404 PERFORM PRACTICE OFFICE PROCEDURES 40
ACMVET405 COORDINATE AND PERFORM SURGICAL NURSING ROUTINES 120
ACMVET406 NURSE ANIMALS 80
ACMVET407 CARRY OUT MEDICAL NURSING ROUTINES 70
ACMVET408 PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS 100
ACMVET409 PROVIDE SPECIFIC ANIMAL CARE ADVICE 90
ACMVET410 CARRY OUT VETERINARY DENTAL NURSING PROCEDURES 40
ACMVET413 PREPARE FOR ANAESTHESIA AND MONITOR ANIMAL ANAESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA 80
ACMVET416 ASSIST WITH THE PREPARATION OF VETERINARY DRUGS AND POISONS 60
ACMWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 50

Skills Recognition

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4.